BC’s Ski Resorts: Mountain Stats and Locations

If you’re anything like me, you are beyond stoked for the upcoming ski season, fresh tracks, powder days, and après-ski. For those of us searching for the perfect ski trip, I have compiled a list of ski resorts across the province, complete with all the stats so you can compare everything from annual snowfall to peak elevation. 

BC Ski Resort
Photo by Wyatt Sherman. @widelenswyatt

THE COAST

Whistler Blackcomb Resort 

One of the top ski resorts in the world, Whistler Blackcomb Resort is made up of two mountains both with skiable terrain. The only downside to being the best is it is busy almost any time of year so be sure to book in advance. 

• Location: 2 hours drive from Vancouver on Highway 99 

• Average Annual Snowfall: 1,181cm

• Elevation: Whistler 2,182m, Blackcomb 2,284m 

• Vertical: Whistler Mountain 1,530m, Blackcomb 1,609m

• Runs: 200+

• Skiable Terrian: 8,171 acres combined

• Open: November 24, 2022 – May 22, 2023

Cypress Mountain Resort

Only 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, Cypress is one of the smaller local resorts. Cypress has the largest night skiing in Western Canada with 22 runs lit up, you can ski till 10 pm! 

• Location: 30-minute drive from Vancouver

• Average Annual Snowfall: 622cm 

• Elevation: 1,440m  

• Vertical: 610m 

• Runs: 53

• Skiable Terrian: 600 acres

• Open: November 12, 2022 – Closing Date TBD

Mt Seymour Resort

Mt Seymour is another small local mountain just outside Vancouver.  To keep lines down and reduce traffic they have recently introduced 4-hour time slots for day pass holders. 

• Location: 30-minute drive from Vancouver

• Average Annual Snowfall: 1,000cm

• Elevation: 1,265m

• Vertical: 330m

• Runs: 40

• Skiable Terrian: 200 acres

• Open: December 9, 2022 – April 9, 2023

Mount Washington Alpine Resort 

Located on Vancouver Island, it is the only place you can hit the slopes in the morning and then drive to Tofino to catch some waves in the afternoon.   

• Location: 30-minute drive from Campbell River

• Average Annual Snowfall: 1,150cm

• Elevation: 1,589m

• Vertical: 505m

• Runs: 81

• Skiable Terrian: 1,700 acres

• Open: December 9, 2022 – March 1, 2023 

INTERIOR

Sun Peaks Resort

Sun Peaks is Canada’s second-largest ski area and includes a ski-through village with shops, restaurants, and even tiny donuts. The small tight-knit community will make you feel right at home. 

• Location: 45-minute drive from Kamloops

• Average Annual Snowfall: 602cm

• Elevation: 2,152m 

• Vertical: 882m

• Runs: 138

• Skiable Terrian: 4,270 acres

• Open: November 19, 2022 – April 10, 2023

Big White Ski Resort

Known for its champagne powder, the snow at Big White makes for great pow days but be wary of low visibility. It is not a resort I’d want to forget my goggles at. 

• Location: 1-hour drive from Kelowna 

• Average Annual Snowfall: 750cm 

• Elevation: 2,319m 

• Vertical: 777m 

• Runs: 119

• Skiable Terrian: 2,765 acres

• Open: November 17, 2022 – April 10, 2023

Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Revelstoke is world-class with the most vertical in North America. The resort is right next to the town of Revelstoke, where many a heli-ski operation flies out of if you’re looking for some added adventure.

• Location: 2.5 hours drive from Kelowna and Kamloops

• Average Annual Snowfall: 1,050cm

• Elevation: 2,340m

• Vertical: 1,713m

• Runs: 75 

• Skiable Terrian: 3,121 acres

• Open: December 3, 2022 – April 16, 2023

KOOTENAYS

Red Mountain Ski Resort

In the snowy Purcell Mountains, Red is one of the oldest ski resorts in Western Canada. With over 5 peaks to choose from this resort is nothing but epic, it also has the one and only snowbound taco truck.   

• Location: Rossland, BC

• Average Annual Snowfall: 760cm

• Elevation: 2,075m

• Vertical: 889m

• Runs: 119

• Skiable Terrian: 3,850 acres

• Open: December 10, 2022 – April 2, 2023

Fernie Alpine Resort 

With a classic ski town feel, Fernie delivers some legendary ski days and will leave you with stories to last a lifetime. Read The Stoke is High in Fernie for more.

• Location: 1.5-hour drive from Cranbrook

• Average Annual Snowfall: 914cm

• Elevation: 2,133m

• Vertical: 1,082m

• Runs: 142

• Skiable Terrian: 2,500+ acres

• Open: December 3, 2022 – April 16, 2023

Panorama Mountain Resort

Panorama offers incredible 360-degree views of the mountains. A family-friendly resort it is generally uncrowded but definitely quiets down after closing. 

• Location: 20-minute drive from Invermere, BC

• Average Annual Snowfall: 520cm

• Elevation: 2,450m

• Vertical: 1300m

• Runs: 135

• Skiable Terrian: 2,975 acres

• Open: December 9, 2022 – April 9, 2023

Kicking Horse Mountain Resort 

Kicking horse or also known as “the Champagne Powder Capital of Canada” is surrounded by some of Canada’s most breathtaking national parks. The best part, it is only one gondola trip directly to the summit.  

• Location: 1.5-hour drive from Banff in Golden, BC 

• Average Annual Snowfall: 731cm

• Elevation: 2,505m

• Vertical: 1,315m

• Runs: 120+

• Skiable Terrian: 3,486 acres

• Open: December 9, 2022 – April 16, 2023